The Shape of the Fantastic: Selected Essays from the Seventh International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts


This study collects 25 essays on the fantastic as portrayed in literature and visual art. In five sections: "Discovery and Interpretation," "Inexplicable Reality," "Marvelous Beings," "Fantasy in Symbiosis with Other Forms," and "From Fantasy to Science Fiction: Critical Considerations," scholars examine fantasy in works by Mark Strand, Hawthorne, Kafka, and Tolkien, among others. Beasts, angels, grotesques, and more are analyzed and a selected bibliography of relevant criticism that complements each essay's bibliography completes the volume.

Additional information

Includes content by:
  • Leonard G. Heldreth
  • Brian Attebery
  • Scott Friesner
  • Colin N. Manlove
  • Richard Gage
Publisher: Place of publication:
  • New York
Publication year:
  • 1990


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